Summer is the perfect time to give your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system some much-needed cleaning and maintenance, as it’s a unique time of year in which you don’t typically have to rely too heavily on heating or cooling your home to stay comfortable. Taking the time now to ensure your air conditioning (HVAC) unit is performing optimally and efficiently now will save you a great deal of hassle and discomfort once the San Antonio summer temperatures really start rising. Here’s a summer checklist to make sure your air conditioning system is ready!
þ Change your air filter. It’s generally recommended you change your AC filter on a monthly or bi-monthly basis for a number of reasons. First, it ensures smooth, proper airflow throughout all areas of your home. Second, it eliminates dirt, dust, allergens and other particles that accumulate over time and contribute to poor indoor air quality and reduced system performance. The more buildup in your system, the harder your AC system will have to work to heat or cool your home, negatively affecting both your family’s comfort and your monthly energy bill.
þ Make sure your unit is operating at peak efficiency. Now’s a good time to test the performance of your AC system to ensure it’s ready for the quickly approaching Texas summer. Simply turn on your system and wait for it to cool to the temperature you’ve set. If it has difficulty reaching the temperature you selected, takes longer than usual to cool down or produces any strange sounds or odors while operating, it’s a good idea to schedule professional air conditioning service, as all of these signs point to a problem that could quickly grow worse (not to mention more expensive) if left unaddressed.
þ Inspect and tighten all electrical connections. Loose or faulty electrical connections not only reduce your AC system’s efficiency and overall lifespan, but can also be dangerous. Double check all connections to ensure they’re snug and undamaged.
þ Give all indoor and outdoor air conditioning components some TLC. You’ll want to clean (and lubricate, if necessary) your system’s coils, blower fans and other indoor components to ensure they’re in tip-top shape and ready for the peak cooling season. Once you’ve touched up the indoor components, move outside and remove any leaves, dirt, grass or debris that are blocking your air conditioner’s vents, as this restricts airflow and reduces your system’s overall efficiency. Making sure these indoor and outdoor system components are clean will keep your system functioning optimally for as long as possible and reduce the risk of problems popping up in the near future.
þ Check AC refrigerant levels. Inspect your air conditioning unit for proper refrigerant levels and adjust them if necessary to ensure it’s prepared to cool your home efficiently and effectively all summer long. Not sure how to determine if your system’s refrigerant levels are where they should be? Not a problem! Our team of AC experts would be more than happy to help.
þ Last but not least, know when to contact a professional. While it’s possible to perform a number of these tasks on your own, it’s recommended you schedule a professional air conditioning (HVAC) inspection to ensure your system is prepared for summer and that no small or easy-to-miss issues are overlooked. For those in the greater San Antonio area, Aramendia Plumbing Heating & Air is the company to call for prompt, reliable and competitively priced AC repair, installation and maintenance services. To speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable specialists about your AC needs, contact us online or call 210-904-2264 for a free estimate!
Aramendia has been serving San Antonio and the surrounding areas for over 29 years and we pride ourselves on the trust and reputation we have earned over that time. Our loyal customers know us as a reliable and trustworthy service company that will quickly send a highly-qualified technician to their home or office to take care of them.